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San Jose juvenile criminal defense lawyerWith school out of session, young people find themselves with additional time on their hands during the summer months. While some are busy traveling, pursuing hobbies, or working seasonal jobs, it is all too easy for others to fall into bad habits that could put them on the wrong side of the law. Unfortunately, criminal charges at this young age can have serious ramifications, both now and in the years to come. To address the rapid increase in the number of juvenile crimes in San Jose, government officials are debating whether or not officers should be more focused on intervention efforts. 

San Jose Divided on How to Handle Juvenile Crime

San Jose’s police chief has said that having officers identify high-risk teenagers so they can be offered intervention services may help to put a stop to the rising number of crimes committed by minors in our area. Some people within the community feel that early interventions are important, but some question the role law enforcement should play in the process. Rather than having police focus on both law enforcement and interventions, they would rather local government officials allocate funds to community social service groups already in existence. 

Issues such as poverty and homelessness are being blamed for a surge in juvenile crimes throughout the Bay area. When teens do get in trouble, the costs for detaining them in juvenile halls has increased dramatically over the past decade, from less than $250,000 in 2011 to more than double that amount in 2017. Community advocates maintain that this money would be better spent on intervention efforts, which can provide mentoring services, free lunches, and summer job assistance. As the city works to put together a new budget, they are hoping to see more money directed to these providers. 

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San Jose illegal prescription drug defense lawyerAs public safety officials focus on ending the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, law enforcement officials are increasingly focused on apprehending those in violation of state laws. Being in possession of certain medications without a prescription is a serious crime in California, which can result in heavy fines as well as a potentially lengthy jail sentence. If you are charged or arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.

Misuse of Prescription Medication

Prescription medications can provide much-needed relief from a variety of medical conditions. However, there are many drugs which have a powerful effect on users, leading them to misuse medications or obtain them illegally. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, taking any medication other than those prescribed by a doctor can impact your physical and mental health and may result in dependency. Some of the most commonly abused types of prescription drugs include:

  • Opioids, such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin), which are used to treat pain.

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San Jose CA criminal defense lawyerCriminal court trials require time for preparation, both on the part of the prosecutors involved in your case and on the part of your criminal defense attorney. In addition to actually getting your case on the court calendar and vetting those participating in a jury trial, there are numerous tasks which must be completed that can end up dragging your case out for long months or even years. While you do have the right to a speedy trial in California, there are situations where waiting a certain period of time may be worthwhile.  

Suspect and Family Members Wait Three Years For San Jose Trial

In January of 2016, the body of a 29-year-old man was found dumped alongside a creek at the base of the Santa Cruz mountains. Before the body was even discovered, another Los Altos resident, who worked alongside the deceased at a motorcycle shop in San Jose, had been charged with the crime. More than three years later, the case is finally going to trial. 

A panel of eight women and seven men were selected as jurors and will finally begin hearing testimony in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Sharon Chatman at the Hall of Justice in San Jose. The family of the victim hopes that the outcome will finally provide closure. For the accused, who has spent the past three years with charges of criminal homicide hanging over his head, it provides the opportunity to tell his version of events.

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San Jose CA accidental shooting lawyerAccidental shootings can happen even when a gun is typically kept under wraps and those involved are fairly knowledgeable about operating them. A single moment of bad judgment or carelessness can have serious ramifications, particularly when someone suffers serious injuries or is killed as a result. While the shooting itself may have been an accident, the person responsible can still face potentially harsh criminal penalties including murder and needs an experienced criminal defense attorney to help avoid a prison sentence. 

Easter Shooting in San Jose Attributed as an Accident

A holiday gathering proved deadly for one family in San Jose. The incident occurred in the early morning hours Easter day. As friends and family members gathered to celebrate at a home, what was supposed to be just a prank turned into a deadly altercation. 

According to the original police report, a call was made to 9-1-1 after midnight, claiming that a man had accidentally shot himself. When paramedics arrived at the scene, they found the victim on the porch, bleeding profusely. They rushed him to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after. In the days following and after interviewing other witnesses, more details about what happened began to emerge. 

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San Jose Drug distribution chargesDrug crimes are a serious matter in San Jose. Drug activity in the area often leads to other types of criminal offenses, such as robbery, assault, and attempted homicide. As a result, police are aggressive in charging suspects while prosecutors work hard in obtaining convictions. When facing drug crime allegations, it is important to take action immediately in building a strong legal defense. The charges you face will depend both on the type of drug and the quantity involved. Even if you are found with relatively small amounts of drugs in your possession, you could be charged with intent to distribute. 

Drug Possession Leads to Nearly Four Year Prison Sentence 

A federal judge handed down a lengthy sentence in April 2019 to a local San Jose man who had been charged with possession of an illegal substance and the intent to distribute. The man had pleaded guilty more than a year ago for possession of methamphetamine. In the plea agreement, he confessed to buying several kilograms of the drug over the fall of 2016 and the early months of 2017, with the intent of selling the meth to other people. In one incident, he traded roughly 543 grams of the substance for $3,500 in cash. 

Due to the nature of the crime, the type of drug, and the quantities involved, his criminal case ended up in the hands of federal prosecutors. The U.S. Department of Justice originally charged him with two counts of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute, which could have left him with a decade's long prison sentence. After the man pled guilty to one count of possession with intent, the remaining charges were dropped. He was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. He is also subject to three years of supervised release, which will run after his sentence is served. 

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